Thukpa:Noodle Soup for the Soul

Thukpa is a hearty tibetan noodle soup, which can be made spicy or plain as per individual taste. It is a wonderfully nourishing and warming dish and therefore an ideal one dish meal for the coming monsoons.
The mustard oil in this thukpa gives it a Nepalese twist, try it if you adore mustard like I do, else use any cooking medium that you like. You could leave out the green chilli and the spices and it's still tasty. I'm giving here the maximum spice version that I learned, so feel free to eliminate any one or as many spices as you like :)

1 to 2 servings
1/2tsp butter or ghee (clarified butter)+ ½ tsp oil(I used mustard)

(You could use 1 tsp of any oil, I find that this combo gives it a lovely flavour)
1 tsp each minced ginger and garlic
1/4 medium-sized red onion
A really tiny pinch Garam masala (optional)
1/2 tsp. Red chili paste ( optional)
½ tsp chili powder (optional)

1 red baby potato ( or half a medium potato)
1/2 chopped fresh tomato (medium sized)
1 fresh green chilli, coarsely chopped
2½ cups water
2 to3 oz noodles of your choice( This time I used a local brand of low fat instant noodle called Koka)
1 cup mixed veggies (I used cauliflower, long beans, mushrooms, carrot, cabbage, baby spinach)
1-2 tbsp light soy sauce (or to taste)
Salt, a pinch of sugar (& black pepper/optional)
Fresh cilantro

lime juice

1. Boil or MW potato till it's almost soft(I microwaved it for 1.5 minute with 1 glass water)
2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, lightly saute onion, ginger, and garlic about 1 minute (until transparent)
3. Add all remaining spices (including chili paste) and fry about 1 minute or until the aroma is released from the spices.
4. Add tomatoes, chilli and potatoes, and all the veggies except cabbage and spinach

and fry for about a minute
5. Add water and bring to a boil, cook for 2 minutes
6. Add half cooked noodles and boil about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
7. Season with sugar, salt, pepper, and soya sauce to taste.
8. Add cabbage & spinach and boil another minute
9. Garnish with cilantro, and add a little lime juice.
10. Slurrp!

Here's another recipe for Thukpa, that looks really delicious, by Bindiya. Do check it out.


  1. OMG - i didn't think a soup could make me drool and go bonkers for it - but here I am doing just that. We are having a cloudy, dull day and I would love to have that bowl in front of me for real.

  2. Ahhh! Comfort in a bowlful. :-)

  3. it's a favorite with us...esp in monsoon and winters...your picture looks inviting..

  4. Slurp it is! Yummy...seems similar to the korean pho,but a lot spicier.

  5. You got me drooling all over the keyboard here!just love thukpa, had posted my version too some time back.

  6. Fancy way you've chopped the carrots eh? Pretty!

  7. I used to have this with momos at the tibetian restaurants in Calcutta. its been so many years, never thought of making it at home.. such a tempting picture Rashmi.

  8. Somehow had some cravings of eating noodles and this is what I get. Looks pretty good.

  9. thats looking so yum reshmi!..

  10. The maximum spice version is the best! looks yummy!

  11. totally soul enriching, i saw the name rashmi and came running to the blog :)

  12. Looks nice...I would love to have tht

  13. Thanks for the introduction to this soup! The look is so appetizing!

  14. Hmm yummy!! heard about it from friends , but never had. will surely give it a try this weekend :)
    thanks Rashmi for sharing this :)

  15. Lovely!! and soooo pretty too:)

  16. Hi My first time here.I have had this soup several times and I love the lightness of this soup it's so very healthy, have never tried it yet ...will get inspired by u.

  17. This is good stuff:) thanks for posting the recipe here, definitely making it when there's a nip in the air!

  18. ooo... i am an eggplant super fan! sigh. i want the spicy eggplant sooooo badly right now. with rice.

    Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.

  19. wow.. healthy dish.. nice click..

  20. long time,.how u dng?happy diwali,..

  21. Soup looks so nutritious and tasty!

  22. Great Recipe! I am looking for a recipe for gur for postpartum recovery. Thanks.

  23. very tempting recipe.. I was looking for soe Nepali recipes when came across your blog.. love it here

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    Flavours of Nepal

  24. Tried the recipe and liked it. Thank you!